Strange Migraine Triggers to Avoid

Strange Migraine Triggers to Avoid

Migraines are not the same as headaches. When you think of a severe headache you might even refer to it as a migraine, but in reality a migraine is a neurological condition that causes piercing or pulsating pain, confined to one particular point on the head or face. Migraines are also often accompanied by symptoms of nausea, light sensitivity, and noise sensitivity.
While there are many causes of migraines, this list features some of the strange or surprising triggers for migraines:

1. Overheating
High temperatures and humidity often go hand in hand with migraine pain. For instance, high heat and humidity can often lead to dehydration, which is a common migraine trigger. Likewise, swift changes in barometric pressure prior to a storm will often prompt a weather-related migraine.

2. Exercise
Exercise and good health are often linked. However, many migraine patients suffer from exercise-related migraines. This occurs as the heart rate accelerates and more blood pulses through the veins which can cause a person to tense up and experience a migraine. In addition,  vigorous exercise that has the individual rotating, jumping, bending down and rising, or turning the head quickly can trigger migraine symptoms.

3. Computer and tv screens
Lately it may seem like many of us are walking around with our faces stuck to our screens. But for patients who suffer migraines, this can lead to eye strain that triggers migraine symptoms. In fact, studies show that staring at phone, tablet, adn computer screens may worsen migraine symptoms in roughly one-third of patients.

4. Gas fumes
Have you ever pumped gas and felt a little woozy afterwards? That is often amplified if you suffer from migraines. The sense of smell is strongly linked to migraine onset. In fact, any strong scent can trigger a migraine very quickly.

5. Chemicals at hair salons and nail salons
Akin to gas fumes, strong chemical or fragrance scents can quickly assault the senses of sensitive individuals and trigger a migraine. While studies indicate that roughly 50 percent of migraine sufferers are highly sensitive to odors, and that same amount of patients attribute strong odors to the onset of acute migraine attacks.


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